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51-9192.00 - Cleaning, Washing, and Metal Pickling Equipment Operators and Tenders

Operate or tend machines to wash or clean products, such as barrels or kegs, glass items, tin plate, food, pulp, coal, plastic, or rubber, to remove impurities.

Sample of reported job titles: Anodizer, Clean in Places Operator (CIP Operator), Filler Operator, Parts Cleaner, Sanitation Technician, Sanitation Worker, Sanitizer, Tub Wash Operator, Tub Washer, Wash Crew Person

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Tasks  |  Technology Skills  |  Tools Used  |  Knowledge  |  Skills  |  Abilities  |  Work Activities  |  Detailed Work Activities  |  Work Context  |  Job Zone  |  Education  |  Credentials  |  Interests  |  Work Styles  |  Work Values  |  Related Occupations  |  Wages & Employment  |  Job Openings

Tasks

  • Add specified amounts of chemicals to equipment at required times to maintain solution levels and concentrations. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Observe machine operations, gauges, or thermometers, and adjust controls to maintain specified conditions. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Set controls to regulate temperature and length of cycles, and start conveyors, pumps, agitators, and machines. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Drain, clean, and refill machines or tanks at designated intervals, using cleaning solutions or water. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Operate or tend machines to wash and remove impurities from items such as barrels or kegs, glass products, tin plate surfaces, dried fruit, pulp, animal stock, coal, manufactured articles, plastic, or rubber. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Record gauge readings, materials used, processing times, or test results in production logs. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Examine and inspect machines to detect malfunctions. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Measure, weigh, or mix cleaning solutions, using measuring tanks, calibrated rods or suction tubes. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Draw samples for laboratory analysis, or test solutions for conformance to specifications, such as acidity or specific gravity. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Adjust, clean, and lubricate mechanical parts of machines, using hand tools and grease guns. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Load machines with objects to be processed and unload them after cleaning, placing them on conveyors or racks. See more occupations related to this task.

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Technology Skills

  • Data base user interface and query software — Data entry software Hot technology See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel Hot technology See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Word processing software — Microsoft Word Hot technology See more occupations related to this technology.

Hot technology Hot Technology — a technology requirement frequently included in employer job postings.

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Tools Used

  • Adjustable wrenches — Adjustable handwrenches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Calibrating tanks — Measuring tanks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Cleaning scrapers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Conveyor system — Conveyor systems See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Ear plugs — Hearing protection plugs See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Floor scrubbers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Forklifts — Wheeled forklifts See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Grease guns — Grease dispensing guns See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hammers — Multipurpose hammers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hand sprayers — Foamers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laboratory stirring rods — Calibrated measuring rods See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Mixers or agitators — Water agitators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pallet trucks — Electric pallet jacks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Personal computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pipe and tube cleaning machine — Clean in place CIP systems See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power buffers — High speed buffers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pressure or steam cleaners — Hydro blasting equipment; Steam lines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Protective gloves — Safety gloves See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Respirators — Air purifying respirators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Safety glasses — Eye protection See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Scissor lift or lift table — Scissor lifts See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Screwdrivers — Multipurpose screwdrivers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Temperature regulators — Machine thermometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Vacuum hose — Suction hoses See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Vacuum truck — Vacuum trucks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Water pumps See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Wet mops See more occupations related to this tool.

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Knowledge

  • Production and Processing — Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • English Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar. See more occupations related to this knowledge.

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Skills

  • Operation and Control — Controlling operations of equipment or systems. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Operation Monitoring — Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly. See more occupations related to this skill.

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Abilities

  • Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Arm-Hand Steadiness — The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Control Precision — The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Information Ordering — The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Perceptual Speed — The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Category Flexibility — The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Finger Dexterity — The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Manual Dexterity — The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Multilimb Coordination — The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Trunk Strength — The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing. See more occupations related to this ability.

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Work Activities

  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material — Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Documenting/Recording Information — Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings — Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Handling and Moving Objects — Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Controlling Machines and Processes — Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles). See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Performing General Physical Activities — Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Processing Information — Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships — Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards — Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment — Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People — Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Interacting With Computers — Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Training and Teaching Others — Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment — Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of mechanical (not electronic) principles. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Estimating the Quantifiable Characteristics of Products, Events, or Information — Estimating sizes, distances, and quantities; or determining time, costs, resources, or materials needed to perform a work activity. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others — Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others — Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Detailed Work Activities

  • Apply solutions to production equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Monitor instruments to ensure proper production conditions. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Adjust temperature controls of ovens or other heating equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Operate pumping systems or equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Collect samples of materials or products for testing. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Test chemical or physical characteristics of materials or products. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Clean production equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Lubricate production equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Record operational or production data. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Inspect production equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Load materials into production equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Remove products or workpieces from production equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Measure ingredients or substances to be used in production processes. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Mix substances to create chemical solutions. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Work Context

  • Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets — 100% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Standing — 70% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable — 70% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Walking and Running See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Face-to-Face Discussions — 48% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Work With Work Group or Team — 34% responded “Important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Time Pressure See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls — 25% responded “About half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Contact With Others — 23% responded “Contact with others about half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Pace Determined by Speed of Equipment — 48% responded “Very important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — 24% responded “Limited responsibility.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Duration of Typical Work Week — 72% responded “40 hours.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — 50% responded “Very important results.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions — 28% responded “Less than half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work — 31% responded “A lot of freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Indoors, Not Environmentally Controlled — 39% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Contaminants — 41% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Very Hot or Cold Temperatures — 31% responded “Never.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Freedom to Make Decisions — 31% responded “A lot of freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Frequency of Decision Making — 35% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — 34% responded “Fairly important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — 25% responded “Never.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Repeating Same Tasks — 46% responded “Very important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Consequence of Error — 31% responded “Very serious.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Bending or Twisting the Body — 34% responded “About half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.

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Job Zone

Title Job Zone Two: Some Preparation Needed
Education These occupations usually require a high school diploma.
Related Experience Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.
Job Training Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
Job Zone Examples These occupations often involve using your knowledge and skills to help others. Examples include orderlies, counter and rental clerks, customer service representatives, security guards, upholsterers, and tellers.
SVP Range (4.0 to < 6.0)

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Education


Percentage of Respondents
Education Level Required
Not available High school diploma or equivalent Help
Not available Less than high school diploma
Not available Some college, no degree

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Credentials

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Interests

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  • Realistic — Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others. See more occupations related to this interest.
  • Conventional — Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow. See more occupations related to this interest.

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Work Styles

  • Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Independence — Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Analytical Thinking — Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Innovation — Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Self Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Leadership — Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction. See more occupations related to this work style.

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Work Values

  • Relationships — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • Support — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • Independence — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy. See more occupations related to this work value.

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wages (2018) $14.80 hourly, $30,790 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
 
Employment (2018) 18,000 employees
Projected growth (2018-2028) Little or no change (-1% to 1%) Little or no change (-1% to 1%)
Projected job openings (2018-2028) 2,800
State trends Employment Trends
 
Top industries (2018)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2018 wage data external site and 2018-2028 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2018-2028). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

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